You are viewing this site in staging mode. Click in this bar to return to normal site.

Lyle Park, Putney

Date: 2017


  • Period Property External Refurbishment.
  • Copper Veranda Roof Repair
  • Roof repairs
  • Re-pointing
  • Leadwork
  • Carpentry
  • Decoration
  • Driveway and Entrance repair

What did Lyle Park, Putney require?

Lyle Park is a large late-Victorian period property on Putney Hill arranged over lower ground, ground and two upper floors, with a more modern building attached. In addition there are open-ended garages located to the rear of the building that were included in the schedule of works.

The front façade of the property was particularly in need of restoration due to the close proximity of the heavily trafficked road. Sections of the roof needed repair and the copper veranda roof required specialist attention. The stone and brick work had crumbled in places and the wooden sash windows needed considerable repair.

What did MC Designers do?

M C Designers were awarded the tender as main contractors, the scaffold was erected and the buildings were jet washed from top to bottom.

MC Designers then completed the following:

    • Repair of asphalt flat roofs by heat closing cracks and applying solar reflective paint to all asphalt surfaces. Thoroughly sweep surfaces and leave completely clean and dry removing all loose/ defective existing paint finish before applying two coats of approved solar reflective paint. Reinstate all occupier flower pots etc on completion once the roof is dry.
    • The pitch slate roofs had a number of slipped and cracked tiles. These were replaced to match existing. In addition natural Welsh slates had been used and these were in a poor state of replair in places. These had to be replaced in strips using reclaimed slates to match existing. All pitched roofs were carefully cleaned down using suitable biowash to remove all moss and lichen growth.
    • Repair of Copper Veranda Roof, which was a prominent feature of the building, but had rusted and discoloured through time and weather conditions. The surface of all copper roofs including the upper ground floor veranda roofs (on all elevations), and the second floor front turret roof, were carefully cleaned to reach a uniform pure metal appearance. All soiling and black deposits were removed using salt mixed with white vinegar leaving the area ready for oxidising in the following months to achieve regular oxidised appearance. Utmost care had to be taken to ensure that the surrounding surfaces were adequately protected.
    • The lead flashings were replaced and the leaking lead poker in the turret was replaced, extended and painted to match existing. The slipped lead apron to the main roof was re-clipped.
    • The defective clay chimney pot was rebedded and reflaunched using sand and cement.
    • All gutters were cleaned to remove all vegetation, silt and debris. The downpipes were rodded and all rainwater goods left watertight and able to run freely.
    • The brick and stonework to all elevations were inspected to identify any points of ingress. The mortar between the brickwork was tested and raked out by hand to a minimum of 25mm, the areas were then washed down and new mortar was applied taking care to match the colour of the original. All frost damaged bricks were refaced to match existing, and all defective stone cills were repaired and waterproofed. Specialist contractors were brought in to undertake repairs to the moulded stone corbels, cornice, and string-courses once they had been cleaned.
    • All render was cleaned and repaired as necessary. Where surfaces were friable the area was sealed with one coat of Dulux Trade Weathershield Stabilising Primer to penetrate the surface and avoid leaving a glossy film. The render was then treateded with /
    • Repair of front boundary wall was undertaken once it had been cleaned and treated with a suitable biowash. All cracked stonework was repaired using Ronafix modified mortar and the concrete replaced with an epoxy resin coat applied over it to protect against further corrosion.
    • The sliding sash windows had various problems with rotting timers and general poor condition. Profiles of replacement timbers were taken, then manufactured at our joinery workshop and spliced in as required. Broken sash cords were replaced and the windows were eased prior to priming.
    • Thorough clean of the timber decked verandas was undertaken using Ronseal Decking Cleaner and Reviver to remove any dust, grease, oil, mildew, algae and other contaminants. Any loose, flaking or peeling coatings were removed and 2 coats of Ronseal ‘natural’ Decking oil was applied to all timber.
    • The original black and white entrance floor tiles were thoroughly cleaned to remove all deposits and marks and then the existing grouting was removed. The area was re-grouted to match exisiting.
    • The pea shingle driveway was releveled and the external paved areas cleaned with suitable biowash.
    • All painted metalwork including railings were cleaned, scraped back to a firm edge, and rubbed down with a suitable abrasive to produce a clean metal surgace. All defective metal surfaces were repaired and then the bare metal was treated with a corrosion inhibitor. The metal was then painted with either one or two coats of Dulux Trade Metalshield Gloss Finish to match existing.
    • All windows and work areas were cleaned and the area left neat and tidy after completion of the work.


The repair and refurbishment of Lyle Park, Putney took 3 months to complete and received highly favourable feedback from both the surveyor and residents. The property benefitted from repairs that upgraded the property and rejuvenated the beautiful existing features, including the copper roof and stone corbels.

The work was finished within time and budget, and gave the property a new lease of life.